Difficult conversations are hard. It’s hard to tell someone they’re not meeting your expectations, and, it can be hard to ask for and to listen to someone telling you how you aren’t quite measuring up. Of course, not all feedback conversations are critical. But frequently they are, and frequently they get caught up in messy emotions, and hurt feelings, and unclear direction. For you, the person seeking feedback, you shouldn’t let this stop you from asking for it! But how do you ask for it so that you get the guidance that you need and really can use? In this post for Psychology Today, Assistant VP Allison McWilliams outlines a simple process (just 2 questions!) for asking for, and then listening to, the feedback you really need to be successful.

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